More info: Here's a supplier that carries Sm Tank Developer, although in multi-unit batch, with hazardous fee:
Here it is from a place in Rochester:
Another at $61.02 in TEXAS! like me:
HOWEVER, they say the shipping from Houston to Austin (where I am) is $90.00 minimum cause it has to go on a truck. BUT a local photo lab buys from them and he said the lab might tack my order onto theirs for a minimal fee. Looks like I'll try that to avoid shipping. This stuff is in a new box labelled POISON so they won't air ship it.
I agree with jglass. Some good threads about C-41, E-6 and RA-4 chemicals as stickies would be nice. These are the basic color stuff and asked so often.
Well my local photo store/lab will order the chemistry for me and include it in their larger order without shipping. But the minimum quantities are fairly large.
Here are prices and quantities:
1766337 SM Dev 2L $12.95, min order qty 6 = $77.70
8824690 SM Bleach 2.7L $37.50, min 2 = $75
8462681 SM Fixer 3.9L $37.50, min 2 = $75
1925254 SM Final Rinse 1.5L $2.50, min 12 = $31
Total is $257.70
Now I need to find out how much film that will develop and/or find a partner that will go in on this order with me in Austin/San Antonio.
Anyone have the figures for amount of developer per roll with this SM Tank developer?
Anyone know anyone in Austin/San Antonio that might be interested? I'll post this on the local interest forum.
Stradibarrius, you might try this same route, asking a local pro lab to tack your order onto a regular order of theirs.
The Kodak Pubs specify 330mL of chemistry per sheet of 8x10 or roll of film. You can reuse the bleach, fix and stablizer once (without replenishment) but discard the developer. Check the Kodak Pubs for capacities.
I spoke to a really nice lady at Diversified and she said they do not have any small quanities. She made the suggestion that the local lab would probably be glad to include some in their order because they have a hard times having an d order that meets the min. size.
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I went through the same problem of trying to figure out exactly what part numbers and products I needed. I also read the archives back to pre-history.
I finally went and found a sympathetic lab owner who only processes up to 120 roll film. I explained that I couldn't find a suitable place to have my 4x5 film done, and asked if he could help me get all the right stuff. He set me up
with all the right chemicals and some scribbled instructions for mixing them up. I combined his notes with the z131 publication and jumped in at the deep end.
My minilab friend uses and sells me Fuji/Hunt, but I also substitute the Kodak SM Tank products if I'm near my local camera store and they have them in stock.
Contrary to my expectations, I have found C-41 to be very easy. It must be almost idiot-proof!
Formulary is coming out with a C-41 Kit? I am really curious/excited about that news.
@Jimmyp: When you use the SM Tank developer, how much of it do you use per roll of 120 or 135?
@domaz: If the formulary does come out with a 4 part kit (dev, bleach, fix, stabilizer), I'm there. Mayb PE could speak to that I believe he has a good relationship with those folks???
I know that they are working on such a product. I have supplied some technical assistance, but do not know what the status of the project is. Sorry.
Has anyone tried this?
It seems easier & cheaper than buying everything separately (up front anyway--I assume the more expensive quantities are bigger and process more, but there's no indication of volume in this link). But I'm curious about the packaging. Seems more difficult to reuse chemistry, but posts above indicate that Kodak is one-shot unlike Tetenol, or is that only a suggestion?